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Hillingdon jobs At the London Borough of Hillingdon we are dedicated to putting our residents first and our staff play a key role in delivering on this commitment. We are regularly looking for talented people to join us, so if you’re interested in working for one of the largest employers in the borough please visit the dedicated jobs section on our website. Here you’ll be able to see our current vacancies and you will be able to register for job alerts to notify you of future positions you might be interested in.

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am pleased to be able to say 25 Cover feature that as we end New leisure facilities open at one municipal Highgrove Leisure Centre year and look forward to the challenges that 9 Older People’s Page the coming year will bring, the Advice and support available to borough of Hillingdon has probably help manage your finances never been in a stronger financial position than we are today. And with most financial 10 Hayes Carnival returns commentators advising that the Come along and celebrate all national financial clouds are darkening and that local government will be facing that is great about Hayes at this further financial restrictions, here in year’s carnival Hillingdon we can face the future, not complacent, but with a greater degree of confidence than many other authorities. 14 School expansion plans We can rightly be proud, as a council, Building new schools for the of what we have achieved to date: future of Hillingdon This year, with the completion of Highgrove Pool, we completed our £50m investment in leisure 16 FIESTA summer activities facilities in the south, middle Back for 2013. Find out more and and north of the borough. book online from June We have continued with the delivery of our £150m schools building programme to ensure that every 20 Get your hands on child in this borough, south, middle community cash and north, will receive the best Does your community group possible start in their educational life. need money for a project to We have the only total library enhance your local area? rebuilding and refurbishment programme in the country which, with the completion this financial 31 Hillingdon’s new Mayor year of a £4m refurbishment The Mayor for 2013-14 of the Uxbridge central library has been announced will see all of our 17 libraries ent m n south, middle and north of the o ir v n e r u o g borough rebuilt or refurbished. Improvin Regulars We now, with eight in the south, six in the middle and eight in the 4 News north of the borough, have more E land under green flag status than 33 Hillingdon volunteers any other London borough and for a second year in succession Hillingdon 35 What’s on? will be representing the capital 39 Hillingdon contact numbers in the Britain in Bloom contest. We have a strong level of financial balances and reserves and have Deadline for advertising in the again been able to freeze council Photo courtesy of T o b y Va n d e v e l d e July/August edition is Thursday 6 June. tax for Hillingdon residents, which will see tax frozen for six Editorial and advertising enquiries Published by London Borough of Hillingdon years for all residents and for © 2013 eight years for those over 65. Design Phil Burton 01895 250670 Hannah Collins 01895 250828 As I now look forward to my 14th by Warners Midlands PLC year as Leader of the Council, I Printed Hillingdon People, 3E/07 Civic Centre, am pleased to be able to inform High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. you that you have a borough in a sound financial position, with Products and the expertise and ability now in services advertised place to continually adapt to, and in this magazine are not necessarily to deal with, the challenges that I After reading, please endorsed by the am sure we will continue to face. nment hillingdon enviro

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Family Fishing Fun Days return The council’s ever popular Family Fishing Fun Days are scheduled to return to Little Britain Lake on 28 July and 11 August between 9.30am and 3.30pm. The free days offer people of all ages the opportunity to try their hand at fishing at hourly introduction sessions. All equipment, bait and rod licence exemptions will be provided along with other free activities including a bouncy castle, children’s craft tent, face painting, performing clowns and bird box making. For more information email lsummers@

Brown badge bays for older people If you park in Hillingdon, you might have noticed bays within car parks and on-street that have signs next to them calling them brown badge bays. These are specifically for motorists who are over-65 and have a brown badge displayed in their car. The scheme is Hillingdon specific and there are more than 7,000 people signed up. The spaces are closer to amenities, and are installed in council and several privately owned car parks across the borough. At the end of last year, six spaces were designated as brown badge bays on streets two in Belmont Road, Uxbridge; two in Ruislip High Street; and two in Coldharbour Lane, Hayes. To make the on-street bays easier to spot, they have been resurfaced red and the signage on the pavement around them has been made clearer. To park in a brown badge bay you need to display your brown badge and also pay the correct money for your parking ticket. Anyone not displaying a valid ticket or badge in one of the spaces will be given a fixed penalty notice.


Having difficulty reading or turning the pages of the local newspaper? The Hillingdon Talking Newspaper has just launched a brand new free digital service to help you keep in touch with local news and events. Each week a team of volunteers selects items from the local Gazette and Hillingdon People and record them onto a memory stick. Listeners are also provided with a small

portable player to listen to the recording. If you feel you or someone you know would benefit from this service, please contact us with your name and contact details, including your telephone number, on our 24 hour answer phone 01895 250827 or write to the Hillingdon Talking Newspaper, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW.

We are also currently looking for more volunteers to help us grow this service. It’s great fun and a worthwhile cause. It would only take an hour or two per month, or more if you have the time. You would need to be able to travel into Uxbridge. If you are interested contact us on the above address or telephone number.

Helping you recycle Opt in to get your recycling bags automatically delivered up to four times a year by visiting www.hillingdon. The months for delivery depend on your area.The bags will be delivered at some point during that month, each year until you tell us you no longer need them. If you need reminding when your collection day is, visit, and put your street name into the search box. Recycling and rubbish should be left near your front gate but not on the pavement by 6am on the collection day. May/June 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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Honouring our Armed Forces

inbrief Referendum underway As Hillingdon People went to print, residents were sending in their responses to the council’s referendum on possible Heathrow expansion. The ballot closed on Thursday 16 May and results were due to be announced on Tuesday 21 May. More information will be in the July/August edition of Hillingdon People.

Every year, Armed Forces Week (24-29 June) is held to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. As a borough we have very close links with the forces and during last year’s Armed Forces Week we signed the Hillingdon Armed Forces Community Covenant, a commitment to support the Armed Forces within our community. On Monday 24 June there will be a special flag raising ceremony at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. The Armed Forces Day flag will be paraded through the town centre to arrive at the Civic Centre at 10.30am. The following day there will be a free concert and

sunset ceremony on the Civic Centre forecourt, performed by the world famous Central Band of the Royal Air Force who are based at RAF Northolt. Music will start at 5pm and finish at approximately 5.45pm. A collection will be held in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. Armed Forces and Service Charity information stands will be operating in the Mall Pavilions and Chimes Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm. Wednesday 26 June is Wear Your Uniform to Work Day, where members of the Reserve Forces are encouraged to wear their uniforms at work to demonstrate the contribution made by local citizens to the Armed Forces.

Helping your finances If you are looking for some help budgeting as times are tight, Hillingdon Credit Union is on hand, offering saving and lending to members of the union. It offers competitive savings and loan services to anyone who lives or works in Hillingdon, and it is regulated by the same body as banks. To help promote responsible finances, before you hillingdon people magazine

can take out a loan you normally have to start saving with the union, which provides a dividend on your savings at the end of every year. Saving and loan repayments can be taken directly out of your wages if you work for the council and many schools in the borough or paid by standing order on a date convenient for you. You can find out more at

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Have your say on development needs Residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say on local planning policy, including on planning in the future and which sites in Hillingdon should be considered for development. The consultation will run until 5pm on Friday 31 May. Visit uk/haveyoursay and select current consultations and surveys.

Fundraising concert The RAF Central Band is playing an Anniversary Concert in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The concert is being held at Winston Churchill Hall, Pinn Way, Ruislip, on Thursday 11 July, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 each. You can book online at or call 01895 673200.

Interested in adoption? If you are thinking about adopting, you can find out more at regular information events held at the Civic Centre. The next one is being held on Thursday 4 July from 9am to noon in Committee Room 6. Places need to be booked in advance for the session, please visit www.

Standards Committee – Independent Person needed We are looking for someone to be the Independent Person for the council’s Standards Committee. This person is responsible for ensuring high standards of conduct from the borough’s councillors. You would be required to give your opinion on any complaints against councillors or co-opted members that are considered by the committee. You will also give advice following any investigation. To be considered for the role, you cannot be related to, or a close friend of, current or former members or officers of the council. An annual allowance of £1,500 will be payable. To be considered, please submit an expression of interest of between 150-200 words, detailing your experience and suitability for the role, to ralagh@hillingdon., by 31 May.

Calling carers Do you care for someone else, or do you know somebody who is a carer? If you want advice and support, then the Carers’ Fair is here to help. With information stalls from the council and community groups including Hillingdon Carers, come along and find out more about help and support in the borough. The fair is being held in The Mall Pavilions on Tuesday 11 June, from 10am to 4.30pm. There will also be a carers’ conference on Tuesday 25 June, at the Civic Centre. Attendance is by invitation only, so if you would like to attend, please speak to your support organisation or Hillingdon Carers on 01895 811206.


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Giving residents a helping hand on the property ladder Ten first time buyers have been helped onto the property ladder thanks to a council scheme offering flats at lower than market value. Flats at Elizabeth Court, above South Ruislip Library, were offered to residents who have lived in Hillingdon for more than 10 years and who have not owned their own property before. Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “We are proud to be able to give our residents a helping hand onto the property ladder. Not only will it give these first time buyers the boost they need to own their first home, but it will also support the local

housing market. We were pleased with the interest in this scheme and hope that our residents will continue to apply for the apartments that are still available at Rosedale Court.” Offers for the Rosedale Court flats, which are above the new Hayes Library, will be accepted on the same eligibility and price criteria as Elizabeth Court. Prices start from £137,500 with a mix of one and two bedroom flats on offer For further information on the eligibility criteria for the scheme and available properties please contact Lawrence Rand estate agents www.

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Allotment gets statutory protection

Plotholders at Ickenham’s Glebe Allotment are celebrating after receiving assurances from the councill that their site will not be sold for development. Glebe Allotment is being granted Statutory Allotment Status which means that the plot, on Glebe Avenue, is now protected from future development. Only the Secretary of State will have the authority to give the go ahead for land occupied by the allotment to be developed or used for other purposes. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “We were more than happy to grant this extra level of protection for one of our most popular sites which has, for the last two years, won the award for best site at our annual allotments ceremony. “We hope to see more residents taking up

allotments to add to the beautiful green spaces Hillingdon has to offer.” Inspired by a performance in the Village Hall in Ickenham, site secretary and plotholder of 25 years Margaret Christie, asked the council to upgrade the everpopular local allotment. Margaret said: “I went to see a stage show at the Village Hall about allotments called ‘Losing the Plot’. The show made me realise just how important allotments are. “We talked about it and decided to ask the council to upgrade our site because of our long history and recent awards. We’re delighted that the site will now have extra protection.” The plotholders were judged as part of Hillingdon’s Britain in Bloom application in 2012, and the site contributed to the borough’s Silver Gilt success.

Former project manager guilty of fraud An investigation by the council’s Fraud Investigations team has lead to a former project manager working for Hillingdon Grid for Learning being sent to prison for two years after he was found guilty of fraud. Azam Magre worked as a Project Manager, providing IT equipment and broadband for


schools from 2001 to 2010. Mr Magre denied any impropriety when questioned by council investigators but he was eventually arrested and interviewed at a police station. His case was heard at the Old Bailey in March. The council will be using the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover our losses and more.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “I’m pleased that our internal procedures were able to highlight and deal with this matter. Anyone who commits fraud on or within Hillingdon Council will be pursued through the courts and we will wherever possible pursue their personal assets for recovery of any loss to the council.

“The vast majority of our employees are honest and decent people, but in any organisation of this size you will find the odd bad apple.” If you have any suspicions about anyone committing fraud, you can call the hotline on 0800 3898313, or email All information will be dealt with confidentially.

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Veterans visit forces post office War veterans and past Mayors of Hillingdon paid a visit to the British Forces Post Office at RAF Northolt to see how mail

is sorted and sent to forces serving overseas. The visit reinforced the borough’s links with the military.

Benefit changes You will have seen coverage in the wider media about changes to lots of benefits, which came into effect from April. A local council tax reduction scheme is now in place, replacing council tax benefit. The Hillingdon scheme does not affect: • the single person discount; • Hillingdon’s council tax discount for the over-65s; • pensioners (those who have reached state pension credit age). The government has introduced a scheme to ensure pensioners are no worse off. Each council has had to devise their own scheme; therefore our scheme may be different to neighbouring boroughs. With a few exceptions, every working age household will have to contribute towards their council tax, even if they haven’t in the past. You can find out more information at www. Housing benefit has also changed for working age people who are claiming housing benefit. There are two changes as follows: hillingdon people magazine

• From this April, any tenant living in property supplied by the council or a housing association that has spare bedrooms not used for accommodating people will have their benefit reduced. The aim is to assist downsizing and make available the larger family homes to those in real need of being housed. • A limit on the amount of benefit that working age households, who are out of work can receive. There will be a cap of £500 a week for couples, a total of £26,000 a year, and £350 for single people. This will be introduced in Hillingdon from mid-July. Our figures suggest there might be around 500 people affected and they will be contacted by the council. You can find out more information on these changes at www. or at If you need to speak to someone about benefits, please note the new telephone number is now 0300 123 1384. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

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Striding out to celebrate walk week

Cabinet Member Cllr Jonathan Bianco (far right) and the former Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Michael Markham, joined residents for a walk around Barra Hall Park in Hayes to mark the start of Get Walking Week in Hillingdon. Hundreds of walks took place across the country as part of the annual nationwide walking for health festival. Short walks of five miles or less were organised by the council-backed Walk

Hillingdon scheme to encourage more residents to put their best foot forward to help keep fit. Cllr Bianco said: “We’re delighted that Hillingdon was one of the four flagship sites in the UK to host an organised walk through our Walk Hillingdon programme. It was a great community event and good to see families come out to enjoy the beautiful walk.” For more information on walks in the borough click on www.hillingdon.

inbrief Films showcasing Hayes’ history to be shown Keen film-goers need to put 21-23 June in their diaries as the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes will be playing host to a film festival celebrating films made on the site. Calling the Tune: EMI Hayes on Film will showcase rarely seen material from the archives

and visits to Hayes from celebrities including Gracie Fields and Edward VIII. The festival is being organised by Brunel University’s School of Arts and the event is being financed by Film London’s Community Pilot Fund, designed to support new film exhibition activity in London. For more information, please contact


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Music show strikes a chord with dementia sufferers

Grassy Meadows Day Centre played host to a music show performed by Hillingdon residents who live with dementia. The performance marked the end of a 12-week music project offered at the centre through joint work with the council’s Specialist

Health Promotion Team, which aimed to improve emotional and communication skills for people with dementia through drumming and singing. The council recently launched a community based support service to help identify people

Get arty this Artsweek Venues across the borough are going to be getting creative for this year’s Artsweek, which runs from 25 May to 2 June. With outdoor theatre, live music, open studios and workshops for adults and children, there’s something for everyone and many activities are completely free. For the first time, Artsweek will also include a dance section with classes and performances. There will be a range of special offers to try out regular arts activities happening in Hillingdon. Artsweek showcases the borough’s diverse creative talents and offers a huge range of entertainment. Events often appear in the most unexpected


places - so there’s bound to be something going on near you. Our full programme is available online and brochures will be available in libraries and other community centres borough wide. By bringing your brochure or a print out of the programme along to some events, you will be able to claim discounts for some activities. This year we are also looking to unearth and reward new poetic talent in the borough in our poetry competition. So whether you have been writing verse for years or have an urge to pick up your pen and have a go, we would like to hear from you - check

Funding boost to catch rogue landlords

in the early stages of dementia, and provide practical and emotional support to anyone living in the borough who is affected by the illness. For more information contact Hillingdon WRVS Dementia Service on 020 8589 0060. out our website or a brochure for full details of how to apply. Cllr Judy Kelly, Arts Champion, said: “We have such a wide range of art loving, creative people within Hillingdon. Artsweek is a great opportunity to find out what there is. Go along, be inspired, meet some fantastic people, develop your hidden talent, and you might find yourself a new hobby.” For more information on Artsweek visit www.

The council has received £180,000 from the the government to continue our good work in clamping down on beds in sheds. These are outbuildings that have been illegally converted into separate residential accommodation, without permission and often provide very cramped and poor living conditions. Council officers work to identify and stop rogue landlords from renting beds in sheds, and warn others against the practice. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “This funding is very welcome, and will enable us to continue our work identifying deceitful landlords who are putting vulnerable people at risk. Renting sheds or outbuildings is illegal, and we will continue to take action against anyone caught breaching planning laws, which are in place to protect the community. Anybody caught in violation of planning and housing regulations faces a court appearance, and severe financial penalties.” The council is sending a zero tolerance message to those who continue to flout planning regulations for monetary gain, and has secured a number of court victories. Call 01895 250230 in confidence to report any suspicious behaviour.

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inbrief Assembly for older people

Do you have something to say about services for older people in Hillingdon? Come along to the next assembly on Tuesday 2 July, 2pm to 4.30pm. Topics for discussion are yet to be confirmed, but you can raise questions on the day, or submit them in advance. To suggest a future discussion topic, please contact Paul Kent, chairman, by email at or telephone 01895 277446. More information on services for older people in the borough is available at

Get your dancing shoes on

Every month there is a tea dance held at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge, with music from Terry’s and free tea or coffee and biscuits. A donation of £1 is suggested. Dates for the summer are Monday 17 June, 22 July and 16 September. The August dance will be held on Thursday 22 August. Dances run 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Booking is essential, please visit or email

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t can be difficult to know whether you are entitled to more benefit than you are already claiming. If you are over65 and would like some advice or support on this, help is at hand. Age UK Hillingdon has extended their free and impartial information and advice on how you can make the most of your money and make sure you are claiming all the benefit you are entitled to. The Let’s Talk Money project has just been given additional funding through the Leader’s Older People’s Initiative to help the borough’s older residents manage their finances. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, said: “We know that money is tight hillingdon people magazine

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for everyone at the moment and we want to help as much as we can. This scheme run by Age UK Hillingdon can help you make the most of your money and check if you are entitled to any benefits you aren’t already claiming.” Chris Commerford, Chief Executive of Age UK Hillingdon, said: “We believe that people in later life should have confidence in managing their money and have enough income to enjoy their retirement and participate fully in society. This project will help older people and could help bring in some extra money. Nationally Age UK is working to reduce the number of pensioners in poverty; if you are struggling please talk to us, we might be able to help.”

If you are a motorist over-65, you can apply for a brown badge to park in special spaces in council and some privately owned car parks across Hillingdon. There are also six spaces on-street, in Uxbridge, Ruislip and Hayes. To park in a brown badge bay you must pay for your ticket and display a brown badge. To apply for a badge, email your name, address and phone number to parkingenforcement@hillingdon., or you can write with your name, address, phone number and date of birth to Brown Badge, London Borough of Hillingdon, Parking Services, 2N/01 Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1UW. For more information visit


Please call 020 8756 3040 to talk to Age UK Hillingdon about any concerns you may have or to find out where your nearest venue for advice is


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Hayes Carnival Saturday 13 July 2013 Main event


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Please note that there will be some road closures and parking restrictions on Carnival day. For information about bus route diversions, please check Transport for London’s website at Free Blue Badge Parking at Barra Hall House. Free bike parking also available.



ome is where the heart is. This year’s Hayes Carnival on Saturday 13 July celebrates the past, present and future of Hayes. With development work at the Old Vinyl Factory now well underway, and a number of new projects showcasing the heritage and contemporary diversity of Hayes, the carnival will celebrate this renaissance with an affectionate programme of nostalgia and contemporary community participation. Be dazzled by the parade, soak up the atmosphere in the park and sample a wide range of activities. The main music stage will be spinning out classic hits pressed at the old EMI factory alongside sets from the area’s up and coming musical talents. With a selection of food from around the world, a funfair, dance arena, a green zone, sports activities (including an army style assault course) and a range of workshops and community stalls, this year’s carnival will be the heart and soul of Hayes. The parade, with a number of traditional carnival costumes, samba and bubble artists performing alongside Hayes community groups, will begin at Pump Lane at 12.30pm and make its way up to Barra Hall Circus to the main event in Barra Hall Park which will run from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Hayes Carnival has always shown the best of Hayes, and this year will be no different. I hope as many residents as possible will come along to Barra Hall Park to enjoy the atmosphere and culture that Hayes has to offer.”

Find out more at www. hayescarnival. If your community group wants to get involved in the parade, please call 01895 558199 or email hayescarnival@ May/June 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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ayes End Library is the latest to reopen its doors following a complete rebuild as part of the council’s programme to upgrade all of our libraries. The library now boasts more books, more computers and a Starbucks coffee facility. The opening hours for the library have also been extended. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Our libraries are highly valued by residents and we are pleased to announce the reopening of Hayes End Library following its rebuild. We hope as many residents as possible will visit the library and take advantage of the new services on offer. By spring 2014 we will have completed our substantial programme to refurbish or rebuild all 17 libraries in the borough – the only London council that has made such an investment in providing state of the art library facilities for its residents.”

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, the then Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Michael Markham, and Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, attended the opening of the new library, along with some young visitors

Temporary facilities open Uxbridge Library closed in March for refurbishment, and will reopen early 2014. While improvement work is carried out, a temporary library service will be available in two shop units in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, near TK Maxx. They will be open: hillingdon people magazine

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9am to 5.30pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 9am to 7pm on Thursdays; 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and 12.30 to 4.30pm on Sundays. Local Studies are open for telephone enquiries. Telephone numbers remain unchanged as 01895 250714.


For more information, please visit www.hillingdon.


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The annual search for the borough’s best blooms has started, so get your spade and gardening gloves out now.


illingdon in Bloom is the borough’s own horticulture competition which encourages residents to improve their environment through the imaginative use of trees, flowers, shrubs and landscaping. The competition was launched in April by the then Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Michael Markham, at the Rural Activities Garden Centre in West Drayton Road. From large front gardens to the smallest window box, anyone who lives or works in Hillingdon can take part.

Entry is free and you can enter online. Judging will take place in July with prize giving in September. A full list of categories is available online. Alongside Hillingdon in Bloom, we also enter London in Bloom and are a finalist in the RHS Britain in Bloom. Some of the winning entries from Hillingdon in Bloom may be selected as part of our entry for this nationwide competition. Judges for this consider civic pride and enthusiasm, provision of flowers and plants and overall cleanliness.

Judging happens in the late summer, with winners announced in October. This year there is an edible flavour to the competition, to tie in with RHS Britain in Bloom. Everyone is being encouraged to grow their own fruit and vegetables. As part of this, there will be a Fruit Flower and Vegetable show at the awards ceremony in September where residents can showcase their homegrown produce and floral displays. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “Hillingdon in Bloom is growing in popularity, with hundreds of residents getting involved every year. Gardening has many benefits; it makes the area look more attractive and can help get you more active at the same time. If you are growing your own food, you can also be sure of what has gone into the growing process. I would encourage anyone who does any gardening to get involved and enter - you never know, you could be one of the winners.”

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The Rural Activities Garden Centre hosted the 2013 launch of Hillingdon in Bloom and won the Roome Cup in 2012.


Showing off their green fingers

For more information or to enter visit www.hillingdon. or pick up a leaflet from your local library. Deadline for entries is the end of June May/June 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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fight is not over


he council will continue to fight the proposed plans for High Speed Rail through the borough, despite a High Court Judge ruling that the government could not be challenged in law as they have not yet made a decision on the route of HS2. Judge Justice Ouseley did however agree with the 15 councils, including Hillingdon, that the government’s consultation on compensation for people whose lives would be affected by the railway development was unlawful. The groups who brought the judicial review have been granted the right to appeal on two of the

counts, and we are currently working on these appeals. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: ”We are delighted that the judge agreed with the HS2 Action Alliance’s challenge that the compensation consultation was fundamentally flawed. This decision will have a real impact on the lives of so many people whose homes and lives are currently blighted by this scheme. “We find the court’s reasoning for not supporting our case against the failure to properly consult on the principle of the scheme totally bizarre. The government argued, and the judge accepted, that the route has not yet been

confirmed. For all who watched the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet announcing the routes to Manchester and Leeds, this must feel like some kind of ‘parallel universe’! We will be appealing this decision as it defies common sense.” Cllr Puddifoot continued: “We are also concerned about the Department for Transport’s view, which the judge accepted, that the business case and environmental impacts of HS2 don’t need to be considered yet. The opinion that we can challenge this later could lead to vast amounts of taxpayers’ money being spent on a scheme that is scrapped.”


For more on HS2 and how it would affect Hillingdon, visit

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hillingdon education

Investing in ou Hillingdon Council is investing £150m on its ambitious programme to provide primary schools places, the largest of its kind in London. This will ensure every child has a school place near where they live.


ost of the borough’s primary schools have been or are being expanded to help meet the growing need for places. This includes 11 primary schools which will have additional places provided on time by September 2013. Brand new, high quality purpose built primary schools will also be provided in future years to meet the growing demand. Over the last six years, the number of primary pupils in Hillingdon schools has increased by 10 per cent, equating to


around 2,000 children. It is estimated that over the next six years, the borough will need 15 new reception classrooms. Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “At a time when the demand for primary school places is on the rise, we are proud to not only be able to ensure all our children have a classroom to go to in September, but also to be able to increase the number of pupils being offered their first choice of primary school.

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Lake Farm School gets go ahead

T Case Study

Harefield Junior School, in Park Lane, had a single-storey two classroom block built to add capacity to the current school. The school will be expanding in September to a three-form entry school, from two-form, and will have a capacity of 360 pupils. The work was completed on time, and feedback from parents on the expansion has been supportive and cooperative. Paul Dodd, Headteacher, said: “This is an excellent facility and will be a great benefit to our community.”

“We are firmly putting our families first by ensuring that we continue to plan effectively for the rise in demand for schools places, and are working closely with other education providers so that future generations of Hillingdon pupils will continue to get a good education close to where they live.” Thanks to the building programme, 83.6 per cent of Hillingdon children starting primary school this year were offered their first choice of school. The latest statistics also show that 94.2 per cent were offered one of their top three schools, which is an increase on last year’s primary school placements. hillingdon people magazine

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For more information on schools in the borough, visit www.hillingdon.

he government has given the go ahead for a much needed new primary school in Hayes. It follows approval from the Mayor of London and the council’s own planning committee. The Secretary of State has said the council’s proposal for Lake Farm School is in line with national policy. Like many boroughs in London, Hillingdon has a significant increase in the demand for primary school places. The council is putting families first by ensuring it continues to plan effectively for this rise in demand for schools places, and the building of the new school at Lake Farm will ensure that children in Hayes have a classroom of the right quality in the right place and at the right time. The council carried out an extensive school places planning exercise to help identify the areas in the borough where further primary school places are needed. As part of this process it was identified that a new school in the south was needed. The council looked at 26 possible sites, and Lake Farm was found to be the only viable option that would meet the needs of children and families in that area. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “It is the policy of this Administration that every child in Hillingdon will have a place at a local school when they reach primary school age. I am pleased that both the Secretary of State and the Mayor of London agree with our policy and that this is the only suitable site in the area. “Any other decision or cause for delay would have been a disgraceful betrayal of the children of that area of Hayes.”


hillingdon young people

If you are looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer, don’t worry, FIESTA is back again and the cost for courses have been frozen at last year’s prices.

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ith around 65 courses planned for the five weeks from 29 July, there is something for everyone. Courses cover art and fashion; business and careers; digital media, film and photo; music and performing arts; skills for life; FIESTA in the park; sport and wellbeing and summer action. Each of the borough’s young people’s centres will host courses, and The Transporter youth bus will also be travelling around to parks, with activities happening on board and in the parks. The Transporter will be at four locations, each for a week - Barra Hall Park from 29 July; at Cowley Recreation Ground from 5 August; Harefield Common from 12 August and at Hayes End Recreation Ground from 19 August. Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “We are proud of our FIESTA


programme, which offers Hillingdon’s young people a wide range of activities to get involved with. It is the perfect chance to try out new things and meet new people over the school holidays. With prices frozen, we hope that lots of young people will enjoy the courses and may be inspired to carry on their new skills or develop the opportunities into a future career.” Last year’s FIESTA had a 98 per cent satisfaction rating from young people who attended courses. A mother whose daughter attended a course last year, said: “My daughter really enjoyed the digital photography course at the Compass Theatre. It was a great mix of fun and skill development and the end product photographs were very impressive. Your staff did a very good job and related so well to the young people.”


For a full programme of events and to book online from 12 June, visit young. May/June 2013 hillingdon people magazine

hillingdon proud

Brightening the borough’s

town centres

Work is continuing to improve town centres in the borough, thanks to funding from the Mayor of London. Following your feedback work is underway in Ruislip Manor and is due to start soon in Northwood Hills. Improvements in Ruislip Manor include:



Victoria Road in Ruislip Manor will play host to the 17th annual Ruislip Manor Fun Day on Saturday 6 July, with fairground rides, a bouncy castle and live entertainment. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “We are continuing to improve the borough’s town centres, working with shopkeepers and traders to help them boost their business in tough times.

“The changes we are making have all been suggested by you, so I hope that you will show your support for local town centres, either at one of their events or just by visiting.”

• new signage at Shenley Park entrance and new play equipment; • new pavements; • outside the library – new cycle stands and tree planting and landscaping • improved pedestrian access to Linden Avenue car park.

Plans for Northwood Hills include: • creating a more attractive look and feel with a central boulevard of trees; • replacing old street furniture and signage, including new seating, cycle stands and litter bins. • providing wider and more parking bays; • improved pavements and lighting throughout the town centre. Shopfront improvement grants have also been given to traders in Ruislip Manor and Northwood Hills, to make the fronts of their shops look more attractive to help to boost trade. Alongside physical changes, the towns are also holding events to encourage more people to come to their local high street. Joel Street is playing host to Independents Day on Saturday 8 June, when independent traders will be offering discounts and promoting their goods in a major street event. There will also be street entertainment and fun for all the family. hillingdon people magazine

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Street Champions

he outstanding work and achievements of the borough’s Street Champions and community volunteers has been recognised at an awards ceremony. The special event was hosted by Cllr Douglas Mills at the Great Barn in Ruislip and attended by around 100 street champions and community members. The awards recognise the achievements of residents who dedicate their time to improving their local environment and making Hillingdon a nice place to live. The then Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Michael Markham, and ward councillors were also in attendance to congratulate the winners on their success. The Street Champion Special Recognition Award went to Sylvia Ladyman, Anne Giddens, Douglas Dimpsey and Katrina Patterson. The winners were recognised for volunteering their time by reporting issues which when fixed make a real difference to their local area and across the borough. A Community Group Recognition Award was also presented to the Yiewsley and West Drayton Town Centre Action Group, with Friends of Shenley Park and Hillingdon Abbots FC receiving runners up awards, as champions for their local community. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners on their success as it shows that both our Street Champion and Pride of Place programmes, involving over 4,000 residents is real evidence that our ‘putting residents first’ objective is actually happening.” Street Champions are volunteers who act as the eyes and ears of the community, to help get things fixed or improvements made using our £1m annual Chrysalis programme. By reporting problems,


Cllr Douglas Mills (far right), Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, attended the awards ceremony and handed out prizes to the winners

they help the council sort them quickly and effectively and play a part in improving their local neighbourhood as well as having a say on local environmental issues.


Anyone interested in finding out more about the scheme or becoming a Street Champion can visit www.hillingdon. May/June 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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Can you recycle a fridge safely? If you ask the council to recycle it for you, you can. Hillingdon People found out what happens to old fridges in Hillingdon.


ridges that get disposed of in Hillingdon are sent to a company called EMR in Willesden where they are processed and disposed of safely. When a fridge arrives there, the first job is to take out the shelves. Then the compressor and fridge fluid is removed. The fridges are then ready to be fed into the special machine that breaks the body down into very small pieces. Steel, aluminium and clean plastic are separated out and sent for recycling. The process means 85 per cent of an old fridge can be recycled. Only the insulating foam goes to landfill, but gases that damage the ozone layer have been removed. The machine captures gases present in the foam or left over

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in the cooling system because it creates a vacuum. The gases are then sent to a very high temperature incinerator which makes the more complex chemicals break down into simple and harmless elements. You can take your old fridge or freezer to Harefield or South Ruislip Civic Amenity sites. Alternately residents can have fridges or freezers collected for free using the Special Collection Online Service. Visit uk/recycling and select Special Collections. Then click the Request it button, log in to our online services and request the collection. Please note we cannot make collections from inside properties. You will receive a

letter telling you when your item will be collected. Other bulky items can also be removed but there might be a charge for this. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “Please dispose of your fridge responsibly by taking your old fridge to the tip or using the convenient on line booking system. Since April last year nearly 1,500 fridges have been sent from the Harefield site to EMR to be recycled safely.�


For more information on recycling in Hillingdon, visit www.hillingdon.


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Improving our Is there a community area near you that would benefit from some investment to improve it?


ach year £1m is spent on Chrysalis projects across the borough, from buying new playground equipment to resurfacing car parks, all in the name of helping instil a sense of pride in your community. The criteria for accessing funding through the Chrysalis programme has been made clearer and the amount of funding that can be given has been lifted to £100,000. More money may be considered in exceptional cases. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration,


said: “The Chrysalis fund is a popular one and we welcome bids for funding from residents or community groups. We want to help improve the local environment and community assets including parks and leisure facilities, so if there is something that you want to improve please get in touch. We have just made the application process quicker and easier, so now is the time to make your nomination.” If you have a project that you would like to nominate, please fill out the form online at www.

Willow Tree Open Space

Lesley Harris is part of a group who have successfully applied for Chrysalis funding to improve Willow Tree Open Space, Ditchfield Road, Yeading. Work carried out there includes new paths, new bridges, cutting back the reeds that were growing across the pond, new gates and fences to keep the area secure, and new benches so people can enjoy the area. Interpretation boards are also being installed so visitors can find out more about the site. Lesley said: “We would definitely apply again. Alison (the Green Spaces officer working with the group) has been fantastic, really helpful with everything, giving us advice and support. People should apply through the scheme; you can do so much with the money. We would try again. It’s lovely here, there is lots of wildlife.”

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Shenley Park, Ruislip Manor The Friends of Shenley Park were the joint winners of the People’s Choice award in 2012, a scheme where residents in the ward were able to vote for projects in their area to receive funding from the Chrysalis programme. They were awarded funding to install playground equipment for the under sixes. The playground has just been installed and includes a climbing frame train. Geoff Brown, Chairman of the Friends Group, said: “We are delighted that the project has now been completed and are enormously grateful for the support given by local residents for endorsing our People’s Choice Nomination for the new playground equipment.”

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Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration (back left), celebrates with some of the Friends of Shenley Park

Belmore Park Allotment site Chrysalis funding has paid for a car park to enable better access to the allotment site, at Belmore Park, meaning plot users do not have to park on grass. The surface also leads to the sheds storing equipment so these are more accessible. Three of the plots at the allotments are let by DASH (Disablement Association Hillingdon) and used by people with disabilities. Vanessa Bonner works for DASH, and worked with Nick Porter, the council’s Allotments Officer, to apply for Chrysalis funding to have the work completed. Vanessa said: “The surface has really improved the access if you

are carrying tools or equipment, or heavy bags of compost; it’s much easier to park here than have to carry it from outside the allotment area. The process has been really straight forward; Nick has been really helpful with the application, so it’s a big thanks to him. It’s really useful money; it will make a huge difference, making it easier for the people from DASH to come down.”


To apply or find out more visit www.hillingdon., email uk or call 01895 250118.


hillingdon care

Foster care in t Monday 13 to Sunday 24 May is Foster Care Fortnight. This year’s theme is ‘get in the frame’. Could you get yourself into the foster care frame and provide a loving home for some of the borough’s vulnerable young people?

Keith Ivey lives

in Hillingdon and has been fostering for six years. He looks after mostly older children. He is single and a special educational needs teacher. He said: “Being a single man, I didn’t think they would have me. A friend who is a teacher got me involved; she said she and her husband were going to foster and suggested I should too.” His work has shown him the kinds of children who would be coming through the system. Keith said: “What you do, I think, is show them a bit of stability for a while. It’s something you have to work at, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. I couldn’t think of not doing it now.” While he has children in his care, he tries to teach them the skills they need to live independently encouraging them to wash, cook, and clean their own bedrooms. He continued: “The hardest thing is watching them moving on. I would keep them until they got married if I could!” He offered some advice to potential carers, which was not to feel guilty about wanting some time to yourself,


Simon and Viennetta Basterfield have been

saying: “Fostering should enhance your life, not stop it. I don’t stop my friends from coming round; if I’m going away for the weekend, I’ll take the children with me.” He added that being a single carer was hard as there wasn’t constant support from a partner, but he knows he can always contact his social worker if he needs some advice or help. He concluded: “You do become good at it, and I hope I get better. You are playing a role; you are there to be who and what they need you to be.”

fostering for 12 years. They have seven grown-up children, one who lives at home. They live in Hayes and look after school-age children, including sibling groups. They are also available for emergency placements, which are often in the middle of the night. They were both brought up by people who were not their birth parents. Simon explained that his background inspired him to foster, as he wanted to give something back. Viennetta said: “Before we started fostering, we were always looking after other children. The children all help out. Our son, who lives at home, is good with the young children; he can play computer games with them or talk music, which we can’t do.” Talking about advice for potential carers, Viennetta said: “You can’t change their whole lives, but if you can make one small difference, that’s good. It’s rewarding, but you’ve got to be willing to put in the hard work.” Simon added: “You should go into it with an open mind, never assume anything. Different kids have different needs and different characters. You also have to bear in mind all the rules and regulations around fostering, and you have got May/June 2013 hillingdon people magazine

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ers e the fr am Maureen and Les Dwyer have three sons

to work with their families and what they want for the young person.” Viennetta and Simon emphasise education when they have children staying with them. They work hard to build up a good relationship with the child’s school to check how they are progressing. One of the girls they fostered couldn’t speak English when she arrived. Now, she is studying to be an accountant. Viennetta concluded: “If we hadn’t had the upbringing we had, we wouldn’t be the people we are today. Whatever upheaval you have had, you can always make something of your life. I always say ‘When you are in our home, I will look after you to the best of my ability’.” hillingdon people magazine

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and six grandchildren. They have been fostering for more than 25 years and are some of Hillingdon’s longest serving foster carers. They live in Northwood and care mostly for younger children, alongside a girl on a long-term placement. Maureen explained: “I always wanted to work with children, but my youngest son was ill when he was a child, so I couldn’t go back to work. I started to childmind. My sister started fostering so we went along to find out more and went through the process ourselves. Gradually, we were fostering more children and doing less childminding.” Maureen continued: “You have to go into it with your eyes open. We aren’t talking about parcels here; they are little human beings. You have to be their advocate, their voice. You are there 24/7, and you start to see them as your own children but they aren’t.”

She concluded: “It’s rewarding but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t hard work. We’ve had children who we’ve been told wouldn’t do certain things and then a few months later they’ve been doing those things.”

Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Hillingdon welcomes foster carers from all backgrounds and walks of life. If you could offer a loving home to a child please come and talk to us.” Foster carers also receive payment up to £396 per week per foster child. There are regular fostering information evenings at the Civic Centre, where current foster carers talk about their experiences. The next information evenings are being held on Tuesday 11 June and Tuesday 9 July, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Please register your interest through uk/fostering or email



Assembly for people with disabilities Monday 10 June 2013, 11am to 2pm

Registration from 10.30am Middlesex Suite, Civic Centre, Uxbridge UB8 1UW

Come along – it’s your chance to have a direct say and give your views Book your place and let us know about any special requirements or transport needs by 3 June 2013. Contact Paul Kent 01895 277446

Programme Crime and community safe ty Stopping harassment of disabled people Have your say Light lunch will be provided


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Pool reopens after refurbishment A

Residents in Ruislip and beyond are benefiting from outstanding new leisure facilities thanks to a multi-million pound upgrade of Highgrove Pool and Leisure Centre by the council.

complete overhaul of the changing rooms, fully refurbished swimming pools and diving platforms, a new reception area and the installation of a state-of-theart filtration pool system were all part of the £5.7m work. The transformed centre, which re-opened its doors at the beginning of April, is now accessible to all with a new lift to the changing rooms from the front entrance and the inclusion of a disabled changing facility. The refurbished spectator area also offers viewing platforms for the disabled. The extensive gym upgrade includes an impressive 92 stations, an aero biking studio, top-ofthe-range Techno equipment, new sound system and studio flooring and refurbished female changing rooms. Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader Cllr Ray Puddifoot, of the Council, said: “We are and Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member committed to making Hillingdon for Community, a borough where opportunities are Commerce and open to all. We firmly believe that Regeneration, officially opened the facilities we offer here, together Highgrove Pool with others across the borough, are amongst the best in London and that we will be providing the opportunity for the participation in sport and exercise for all and delivering a strong sporting legacy for future generations.” The re-opening of the centre in Eastcote Road brings the council’s Some of the new equipment being used investment in sports and leisure to £50m and with it flagship facilities right across the borough including the newly-built Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex in Uxbridge and Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre in Hayes. Using your HillingdonFirst card gives you a reduced price at a number of councilowned facilities, including the borough’s leisure centres. hillingdon people magazine

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Highgrove Pool and Leisure Centre is run on behalf of the council by charitable trust Better (formerly GLL). Visit centres or call 01895 630753


hillingdon health

Get get more If you want to be more active but don’t know where to start, there are lots of options in Hillingdon, for all ages and abilities.



here are four councilowned golf courses across the borough. Many of these offer training or lessons. Stockley Pines Golf Course, Stockley Park, Uxbridge, offers a three-week course held on the first Saturday of the month at 1pm and the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm, every month until October. There are also courses for juniors and women’s coaching sessions are held at 10.30am on Fridays. Alternatively, the driving range at Ruislip Golf Course is an ideal place to practice your swing, with lessons available through the resident golf professional who can organise expert tuition at Ruislip, Uxbridge and Haste Hill in Northwood. Bowls is also a good way of getting active. There are lots of clubs across Hillingdon, catering for people of all ages who want to have a go. Lawn bowls provides challenge and competition, personal enjoyment, the pleasure of spending time outdoors and social interaction. It’s a great way to keep active, so whether you’re competitive or just want a friendly bit of exercise, bowls is a fun and skilful way to explore Hillingdon. Because of its relaxed pace and comparatively light physical demands, lawn bowls can be enjoyed by anyone. Find your nearest bowls club through the club finder on our website at If you are a keen cyclist and artist, we are looking for entries into a Bikespiration art competition

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around cycling. You can enter a drawing, painting, sculpture, collage or photograph, as long as it is inspiring, individual and exciting. The winning pieces will be displayed in the Chimes Shopping Centre on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June and there will be prizes for the category winners. For entries smaller than A3, please email or post these, and for sculptures, please take a photo and email or post this to us, along with a completed application form from the website. Disabled adults in Hillingdon now have more opportunities to get involved in sports, thanks to funding from Sports England. The project is the result of a partnership between Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, PRO-ACTIVE West London and five west London boroughs. In Hillingdon the project is being led by the council’s Sports Development team and Disablement Association Hillingdon. Sessions are being run at Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre, Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, Highgrove Pool and Ruislip Young People’s Centre.


For more on golf visit www. For more on Bikespiration visit uk/cycling. Please email your competition entries to For more on disabled sport visit www.hillingdon.



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Spring 2013 Bank Holiday

Normal collection day Revised collection day Monday 27 May

Tuesday 28 May


Tuesday 28 May

Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May


Wednesday 29 May

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May


Thursday 30 May

Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May


Friday 31 May

Friday 31 May


Refuse and recycling should be left near your front gate, but not on the pavement, by 6am on the revised collection day.

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Hillingdon People is delivered bi-monthly to around 108,000 households across the London Borough of Hillingdon. Copies are also available in our libraries and nursing homes for residents to read. The magazine is also available online. Adverts start at just £120 per edition, and there are discounts available for businesses who are registered with the council’s HillingdonFirst scheme. For more information, including a rate card, please visit www.

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hillingdon housing

A crackdown on people committing housing tenancy fraud is helping residents in genuine need to find permanent accommodation.

Catching housing fraudsters


ince April 2012, 42 properties have been reclaimed by the council and used to house people on the waiting list. Some of the properties investigated have been sublet by the tenants who should be living in them, and in others they are just not being lived in at all. The Audit Commission estimates that each reclaimed property in London is worth £18,000, making a total of £756,000 saved in 2012/13. The team’s success in fighting fraud has featured in several documentaries and they were filmed going to Wolverhampton as part of an investigation into housing fraud, with the footage due to be shown later this year. They have also successfully bid for extra funding from the government for £100,000 each year for the next two years to continue their work. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “We will use all powers available to reclaim money or property fraudulently claimed from us. If hillingdon people magazine

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someone is committing social housing fraud, they are using a property that could be lived in by a family in need of a permanent home. Our Corporate Fraud Investigations team has an excellent track record of reclaiming these properties and with your help we can keep it this way.” Garry Coote, Corporate Fraud Investigations Manager, said: “If you have any suspicions about a property, whether you think it isn’t being lived in by the tenant, or that it is empty, let us know. The team follow up all tip-offs, and rely on information from residents to catch people committing fraud. Thank you to everyone who has provided information, this has helped us catch fraudsters.”


Call 0800 389 8313 or email to report fraud anonymously


hillingdon mayor


over the

Mayoral reins


his will be a memorable year for Cllr Allan Kauffman after being elected Mayor of Hillingdon for 2013/14. The Mayoress is his wife Lynne and the Deputy Mayor will be Cllr Catherine Dann. They now embark on a whirlwind year of visits and the chance to meet many residents from the rich variety of cultures in our borough. Cllr Kauffman has lived in Hillingdon all his life; he and Lynne went to Queensmead School. She is an education inspector; he was elected as a councillor for South Ruislip in 2006, along with Cllr Judy Kelly and Cllr Shirley HarperO’Neill. The councillors work seamlessly together, and with their team of volunteers work tirelessly for their ward. Since his election, he has served on several committees and in 2008 he became Cabinet Assistant to the Leader of the Council.

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In his spare time, Cllr Kauffman is senior steward of his church, a member of Ruislip Lions and he has served as a governor at Bishop Ramsey School. He has a passion for music and enjoys supporting Hillingdon Music Service and the RAF bands. Cllr Kauffman said: “We have both loved our Deputy Mayoral year and have kept a photo diary, full of great memories. We have met so many fabulous local residents, visited clubs, schools, places of worship and our vibrant voluntary associations in Hillingdon; for example, the poignant 2012 Kids in Care Awards was one of the highlights of my year as Deputy Mayor. “We were lucky to get more than 50 opportunities to learn the ropes during the past year. “Am I confident? Is an apprentice ever sure, until he or she starts the job?”

During their year in office, Cllr Kauffman plans to raise money for seven charities. He said: “In this time of austerity, we want people who are donating to know exactly what their money is going to buy; this is why we have listened to the charities, and selected specific items they need. Any additional money raised would go to other local charities previously supported by the mayoralty such as Cllr David Yarrow’s Food Bank Charity. We are keen on sustainability and, if possible, want to help these charities continue their good work.”


Visit mayor to find out more. You can donate to the Mayor’s Charity online, or you can send a cheque made payable to Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2013/14 to Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW


You help with visits to the hospital, you call around to check they’re safe, you pick up their prescription, you help with the shopping, you’re always there….

...all because you care. Get information and advice on support available in Hillingdon for you and the person you care for at

Hillingdon’s Carers’ Fair Tuesday 11 June 2013, 9.00am to 4.30pm The Mall Uxbridge shopping centre

Supporting separated families W

hen parents separate and relationships break down, it is a difficult time for all the family and children are often caught in the middle, through no doing of their own. The Uxbridge Child Contact Centre (UCCC) provides a non-judgemental and confidential space for parents who do not live with their children to reestablish contact and start to rebuild these important relationships. It provides peace of mind for the other parent as visits are regular, supervised and use trained volunteers. This year the council increased the group’s funding so they could continue to offer support to families who find themselves in this situation. All the volunteers are impartial and won’t side with either parent. The centre provides a neutral, friendly and safe place where children can meet with a parent or family member they would otherwise not see. Visits are made by referral, by a Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) officer, social worker, solicitors, family hillingdon people magazine

mediator or court order. Last year, 49 families used the service on a regular basis, with 30 new families joining and 23 moving on from the centre. Of the families that left, as a consequence of the help and support the centre had provided, 70 per cent were able to make their own arrangements for contact. Susan Gregory, Coordinator at the centre, said: “The centre provides an important service, without it our clients would have no contact at all with their family members. The support we have been given by the council is vital to help us keep running. We rely on volunteers to give up their time to help the service run. It is a very satisfying experience; some of our volunteers have been with the centre for more than 15 years.” The centre is looking for more volunteers to help them run the service, which is used by around 50 families every year. If you think you could spare some time to help this service, offering children the chance to stay in touch with their family in difficult times, please email

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Hillingdon Volunteer Awards 2013

“Something to be proud of”


he Hillingdon Volunteer Awards give us the opportunity to start the exciting search for outstanding volunteers, without whom Hillingdon would not be able to keep its many voluntary and community groups functioning and delivering their essential services. Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services, the council, Hillingdon Interfaith Network, Uxbridge College and Dovetail Community Outreach have joined together again to deliver the 2013 awards.

If you know of a volunteer that has stood out from the crowd, why not nominate them for an award? There are seven categories: Long Term Commitment to Volunteering; Education; Community Volunteer; Empowering Young People; Arts and Culture; Young Volunteer; Team. For more information or to download a nomination form, visit www.hillingdonconnected. or email uk or telephone 07791 966276. The deadline is Friday 6 September.




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From theatre to singing and yoga to zumba, there is always something on in Hillingdon. Find more events in your area at events. Please let us know if you are planning an event.

Ceroc dancing Ceroc is a fusion of jive and salsa, which is great fun and easy to learn. It’s a fantastic way to keep fit while having fun and a very sociable way to spend an evening. You don’t need to bring a partner and beginners are welcome. When: Mondays and Thursdays, 8pm to 11.30pm Where: Mondays at West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton, UB7 9JL and Thursdays Uxbridge Civic Centre, Middlesex Suite, Uxbridge UB8 1LD Cost: £8, bring this advert and get free membership or free first night entry for new members Contact: or call 020 8933 4350

Uxbridge Folk Club – Folk music festival Four days of folk music, including a Ceildih on Friday 7 June, with music by local group Blackwood; activities at the Compass Theatre on Saturday 8 June with performances from folk clubs in the area, headlined by Pig Earth and morris dancing at 6.30pm. The headline concert is by Isla St Clair at 7.30pm at the Compass Theatre. On Sunday 9 June there will be folk on the Grand Union Canal onboard Elsdale II with alt-folk favourites Gerard and the Watchmen, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Embark at the Packet Boat Marina, Cowley. When: Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 June, various times and locations Contact: Full details and tickets will be available at www.tinyurl. com/uxfolk. Tickets for the headline concert will be available from the club and local outlets as well as from the Compass Theatre. Email with any questions.

Open gardens Twenty local gardens are opening their gates this summer to raise money for five local charities. There will be plant sales, traditional English afternoon teas, art and many more reasons to come along. Six of the gardens are brand new to the event and one belongs to a Chelsea Gold Medal winner. When: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June Where: Gardens will be open across Northwood, Ruislip, Eastcote, as well as Pinner, Moor Park, Hatch End and Denham Cost: £10, including entry into prize draw Contact: Buy tickets from Ducks Hill Garden Centre or call 01923 829977, Northwood; 01923 451616, Pinner/Hatch End or 01895 677925, Ruislip. For more details and photos visit hillingdon people magazine

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Advice and Support Fostering drop-in session Tuesday 21 May, 10am to 12pm Are you interested in fostering? Come along to this open session and find out more. Enter at main reception. Civic Centre

Fostering open evenings

Tuesday 11 June and Tuesday 9 July, 6.30pm to 8.30pm If you want to find out more about fostering, come along to an open evening to meet our friendly Fostering team and speak to other foster carers about their experiences. Contact: Email uk or call 0800 7831298 to book a place. For more information visit www. Civic Centre

Carers Fair

Tuesday 11 June Are you a carer? Do you know someone who cares for somebody else? The carers fair will provide information on support and access to groups in Hillingdon who can help. The Mall Pavilions

Parkinson’s Hillingdon Branch

Last Tuesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. We also organise regular events and social activities. Join us and meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area. Contact: For further information please contact Jeanne Phillips on 01895 810608 or Christ Church Hall

Arts Hillingdon Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Second Wednesday of the month, 2pm We are a friendly group of people interested in all aspects of the arts. A wide variety of lectures, special interest days, visits and outings are organised throughout the year. Guests are very welcome. Cost: £5 for guests Contact: Call 01895 637479/637993 or text 07905 349139 Winston Churchill Hall


25 May to 2 June, various times If you love art, Artsweek is for you. With outdoor theatre, live music, open studios and workshops for adults and children, with many activities completely free - there’s really no excuse for being bored this week. This year’s Artsweek includes a dance section for the first time, featuring classes and performances, and a range of special offers to try out regular arts activities happening in the borough. Contact: Full details at www.hillingdon. Cost: depends on activity

Uxbridge and Ickenham Floral Art Society

Thursday 13 June and Thursday 11 July, 7.30pm, doors at 7pm The June meeting demonstrator will be Lorraine Saunders, Magic Moments. The July meeting demonstrator will be Cate Thomas, Hidden Gems. Contact: 01895 850943 Ickenham Village Hall

Exercise Taekwondo Classes

Saturday, 10am to 11.15am and Wednesday, 6pm to 7.15pm All levels of ability and ages from five to adult. This is a very successful and friendly club. Please get in touch or just come along and meet us. Cost: £5 per class Contact: 020 8930 3587 or email BrianMRobinson@ or visit www. Deane Park Hall

Court Park Bowling Club

Saturday 25 and Monday 27 May, 10am Come along and try out bowls at our open days. New members are welcome. Meet new people and enjoy a new sport. You just need to bring flat shoes. Contact: John Haw 01895 466980 Court Park

Harlington Bowling Club May to September, club day is Wednesday, 2pm to 8pm Come and try lawn bowls. Bring a friend and meet new people. Coaching is available and the only thing you need to bring is flat shoes. All other equipment is available for use. Contact: 020 8581 7336 or 01895443559 for more information Pinkwell Park

Yiewsley and West Drayton Bowls Club

Tuesdays, 6pm Everyone is welcome, of all ages, you just need flat shoes. Contact: Mr Smith on 01895 465186 Yiewsley Recreation Ground

Aikido Classes

Various days Come and try Aikido, a Japanese Self Defence sport suitable for all ages from eight upwards. Contact: Visit www. or call Paul Foster-Dent on 07850 023152 The Hut Dojo


Andy Weller. No parking available please walk or use public transport. Eastcote House Gardens

Film festival

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June Showing a selction of footage from the EMI and Hillingdon archives, along with big-name features from the EMI films division in the 1970s. The festival is being organised by Brunel University’s School of Arts. More information is on page 7. Cost: Varies Contact: Email paul. The Old Vinyl Factory

Library to Library Walk

1966... and all that

Saturday 1 June, 3pm A fun, literary themed day of nostalgia with events and memories explored in fashion, poetry, readings and performances - all inspired by Britain in the 1960s. Events will be taking place inside and out with refreshments available in the bars. Cost: £2 Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call the box office on 01895 673200 Compass Theatre

Hardy Plant Society – Middlesex Group

Monday 3 June, start at 7.15pm The talk will be gardening with gravel with Marina Christopher, proprietor of Phoenix Perennial Plants and will be bringing plants for sale. There is a break for tea/coffee and biscuits and plants are on sale during the break. Before the end of the meeting there is also a raffle draw. Contact: New members are welcome, to find out more visit www. hardy-plant-middlesex. Cost: First visit will be free Field End Junior School

Vintage Tea Gardens

Sunday 16 June, 11am to 5pm The popular monthly Vintage Tea Gardens return for another summer season, enjoy home made cakes and cream teas served on bone china in this beautiful garden setting. The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens will be supporting Midsummer Gardens, local gardens open for charity. Attractions include Classic Car Rally, exhibition by Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society, plant sale, book signing by local authors, Eileen Bowlt and

Saturday 29 June, 8am to 7.30pm A walk throughout the borough for Armed Forces Day. Starting at Yiewsley Library, this is a walk throughout the borough going from library to library for Armed Forces Day while collecting on behalf of The Royal British Legion. This is suitable for most although certain places will require more attention from parents and carers. Contact: For information please email ptsdtalks@ Yiewsley Library

Ruislip Manor Fun Day

Saturday 6 July, 11am to 6pm The annual fun day is back in Victoria Road, with stalls, entertainment and lots to keep all the family amused. Victoria Road

12th Hayes Scout Group

Wednesday and Thursday evenings The Beaver group (6-8 year olds) meet 6.15pm to 7.30pm on Wednesdays; Cubs (8-11) meet on Thursdays 6.30pm to 8pm; Scouts (11-14) meet on Thursdays 8pm to 9.30pm. Activities vary on a weekly basis, but include craftwork (making instruments and camp equipment); map reading skills; learning to pitch a tent; and build a fire in advance of our summer camp i. August. There are also external activities including kneeboarding, a water activity day and the annual ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition Cost: First two sessions are free, then £3 a week Contact: Adam on cubs12thhayes@yahoo. or 07745934334 St Edmund’s Church

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what’s on? Singing 4 Fun

Every Thursday 7.45pm to 9.45pm Want to join a fun and friendly singing group in the Ickenham area? Then look no further. Join Singing 4 Fun, now entering their fourth year of singing fun. A club for any adults who love to sing. No auditions. Take part in group numbers, work on techniques and skills and perform in shows. This year they are also taking part in Hillingdon Artsweek. For more information, on classes, Artsweek and shows visit the website. Alternatively, just turn up and join in. Your first session is free (so come and see what they do) and you get free tea,coffee and biscuits. Cost: £6 per session, or £54 for the term (equivalent to £4.50 a week) Contact: email First Ickenham Scout Hut

The Sound Crowd

Thursdays (term time), 7.45 to 9pm A new contemporary singing group, perfect for singers (experienced or new to group singing) who want to sing in harmony, without having to read music, without having to audition or dedicate entire weekends to rehearsals. Please email to register your interest and get more info or just turn up! First session free, no obligation. Over 18s. Cost: £7 pay as you go /£6 in advance Contact: thesoundcrowd@ Function rooms Ruislip Golf Club


First Friday and third Thursday of the month, 9.30am, second Saturday of the month, 10am Tools, refreshments and good company are provided. The Countryside Conservation Group meets at 9.30am on the fourth Thursday of the month. Contact: lesley.crowcroft Eastcote House Gardens

Music Happy Days Are Here Again Wednesday 2 June, 2.30pm Presented by Neil Sands and his West End cast, this trip down Memory Lane includes more than 60 of your favourite songs from the fabulous 1940s, rocking 50s and sensational 60s. Complete with a special flag-waving finale, pay your respects to those who have served in the armed forces and sing the wonderful songs that won the war. Cost: £14, concessions £1 off, 10 per cent off for premiere card holders Beck Theatre

Hillingdon Primary School presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 June, 6.30pm The pupils of Hillingdon Primary School are proud to present their production of the most popular of all school musicals. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this is the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colours, brought to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Cost: £6 Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call 01895 673200 Compass Theatre

Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE Redford Way, Uxbridge, UB8 1SZ

Various dates and times Events for May and June include: 24 May, A Foreigners’ Journey; 14 June, The Secret Police; 15 June, Sinnerboy, a tribute to Rory Gallager. Cost: Typical admission £10 Contact: www.tropicatruislip. for more and tickets, or call 020 8707 2256 Ruislip Social Club


Theatre of Widdershins presents Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune

Eastcote House Gardens

Ruislip Golf Club

The Old Vinyl Factory

Emmanuel Church Hall

Ruislip Social Club

Ickenham Village Hall

Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, UB10 8PD

Tropic at Ruislip

The Mall Pavilions

Community Close, Ickenham, UB10 8RE

Compass Theatre

Saturday 29 June, 2pm and 7pm The Maria Anderson School of Dance and Drama returns with their exciting new show which is packed with ballet, tap street and jazz dance. Sit back and enjoy! Cost: £15, concessions £4 off Contact: Book online at uk or call the box office on 020 8561 8371 Beck Theatre

Thursday 11 July, 7.30pm Performed by the RAF Central Band. Proceeds to the RAF Benevolent Fund. Cost: £15 Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call the Box Office on 01895 673200 Winston Churchill Hall

Pinkwell Park

First Ickenham Scout Hut

High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW

Take the Stage - Maria Anderson School of Dance and Drama

Dambusters 70th Anniversary Concert

Deane Park Hall

High Street, Northwood HA6 1AS

Civic Centre

Friday 28 June, 7.30pm It was 50 years ago that The Beatles had their first hit record, and went on to shake the world with their brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Since 1997, The Upbeat Beatles have been re-creating the excitement, raw energy and authentic sound of the original Fab Four. Their show will have you tapping your feet from the opening bars and dancing and screaming by the end. Cost: £17.50, concessions £1 off, premiere cardholders 10 per cent off Contact: Book online at uk or call the box office on 020 8561 8371 Beck Theatre

Georgian mansion adjacent to the Compass Theatre and dates from 1740. Cost: £7.50, Compass Club Members £6.50 Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call the box office on 01895 673200 Compass Theatre

Sunday 30 June, 2pm Bring along a picnic and enjoy some summertime swing with live big band Stardust in the pleasant grounds of Ickenham Hall. The Friends of Ickenham Hall were established in 2009, specifically to raise funds for repair, conservation and where possible restoration work on Ickenham Hall, which is the Grade II listed

High Road, Eastcote, HA5 2EG

Christ Church Hall

The Upbeat Beatles - The 50th Anniversary Tour

Sunday 26 May, 11am Poor Polly Buckwheat, the miller’s daughter is in a bit of a pickle. If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn nasty. But should she accept the help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell? Cost: £7.50, Compass Club Members £6.50 Contact: Book online at www. or call the box office on 01895 673200 Compass Theatre

Long Drive, South Ruislip, HA4 0HS

Beck Theatre

Court Park

Gardening sessions at Eastcote House Gardens

33 Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, UB10 8DG

The Parkway, Long Lane, Hillingdon, UB10 9JX

Friends of Ickenham Hall presents Picnic Concert at The Hall

Waltham Avenue, Hayes, UB3 1TF Ickenham Road, Ruislip, HA4 7DQ Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ

St. Edmund’s Church 12 Edmund’s Close, Hayes, UB4 0HA

The Hut Dojo

Old Orchard Close, Uxbridge UB8 3LH

High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1LN

Blyth Road, Hayes, UB3 1HA

Victoria Road Ruislip Manor,

Winston Churchill Hall Manor Farm Site, Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL

Yiewsley Library High Street, Yiewsley, UB7 7BE

Yiewsley Recreation Ground Falling Lane, Yiewsley UB7 8AA

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Golden numbers Do it online 24/7 at Environment and Anti-Social Behaviour 01895 556000 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm Council Tax and Benefits 0300 123 1384 Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm Housing 01895 556666 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm School Admissions, Childcare and Early Years 01895 556644 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm Families’ Information Service 0800 073 4800 Council Main Switchboard and out-of-hour service 01895 250111 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm Fraud Hotline 0800 389 8313 Hillingdon Social Care Direct 01895 556633 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm HillingdonFirst 01895 556677 Electoral Services and Registrars 01895 558250 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm

Local democracy Councillors’ names, addresses and advice surgeries councillors Council meeting dates and agendas 01895 250636 Conservative group office 01895 250316/250728 Electoral registration 01895 250251 electoralservices@ Labour group office 01895 250780/250271 Mayor’s Office 01895 250763 hillingdon people magazine

Advice and support

Age UK Hillingdon 020 8756 3040 Communicare Counselling Service 01895 256056 Consumer advice 08454 040506 Citizens’ advice Bureau 0844 848 7903 Hayes One Stop Shop 01895 556004 hayesonestop@ Healthwatch Hillingdon 01895 272997 Hillingdon Action Group for Addiction Management (HAGAM) 01895 207788 Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support 020 8606 6780 9am to 5pm Hillingdon Carers 01895 811206 Hillingdon Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 020 8246 1745 Hillingdon Mind 01895 271559 Hillingdon Women’s Centre 01895 259578 NHS Wellbeing Centre Boots, High Street, Uxbridge 020 3214 5699 P3 Jobshop – Employment Services 020 8581 1056 P3 Navigator Hayes Housing Advice and Support Centre 020 8581 1054/5 navigatorhousing@ Victim Support Hillingdon 020 7259 2424

Care services

Adoption and fostering 01895 277850 Drugs or sexual health advice for young people up to 21 years 01895 257285

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Community information

Hillingdon Fire Station Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 0PH 020 8555 1200 ext 38228 hillingdongroup@ Samaritans 01895 253355 Social Security (Benefits Agency) 020 8426 3000 Affinity Water 0845 782 3333


Library information desk 01895 250600 Advice and guidance (young people) 01895 257855 Enquiries about school transport 01895 250008 Truancy hotline 01895 250858


Building control enquiries, inspection requests and dangerous structures 01895 250804 Dangerous structures (out of hours) 01895 250111 Land charges enquiries 01895 250689 Planning, trees and landscapes 01895 250230 Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm


sportsdev@ Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre 020 8561 0956 Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, Uxbridge 0845 130 7324 Highgrove Pool, Ruislip 01895 630753 Queensmead Sports Centre, South Ruislip 020 8845 6010 Active Lifestyles Gym, Minet 020 8573 2956

Environment and street scene

Current and proposed roadworks in Hillingdon roadworks Environmental Protection 01895 250190 Food, Health and Safety 01895 250190 Animal welfare 01895 250190 Pest Control 01895 250155 Parks Officers 01895 239241 Pavement issues 01895 556000 Trading Standards 01895 250164


Harefield Hospital 01895 823737 Hillingdon Hospital 01895 238282 Mount Vernon Hospital 01923 826111 Northwick Park Hospital 020 8864 3232 Watford General Hospital 01923 244366 NHS: 111


Metropolitan Police nonemergency number. 101 Textphone 18001 101 hillingdon.enquiries@ Community Safety Unit (to report race crime) 020 8246 1766



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